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Recruiting News | Welcome Aboard, Class of 2011!

Various sites are reporting that all four Virginia Tech verbal commits have put pen to paper and signed their Letter of Intent with the Hokies!  This could go down as Virginia Tech’s greatest class ever, but at the very least helps build a bright future for the following years after Delaney, Hudson, Allen, and Bell depart this year.

ESPNU (LINK) ranks VT’s class as the #12 class in the nation.




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10 Responses to “Recruiting News | Welcome Aboard, Class of 2011!”

  1. Goodraisin says:

    I’m excited for this year, and I’m also excited for many years to come. Excellent recruiting by Greenberg and his staff. I’ll be interested to see what position each of those guys ends up playing and which guys end up starting as freshmen.

    • Niemo says:

      GR – Rankin I have heard is not 6’1″ (I know, everyone lies about their height in bball and football so it is all relative). But I’ve heard he may not even be that close. So I’d say he’s a true PG and that’s the only place he can play, which is fine because VT needs a true PG. It sounds like he’s a facilitator or a distributor, and Tech will need that.

      Brown they listed as a wing on but he seems very well pegged to be an off-guard for us in the mold of Hudson or even Gordon (remember – Gordon really wasn’t a PG when he came but had to learn to be one due to lack of other PGs). The key will be can he really shoot? Gordon couldn’t at first and Hudson took 2 1/4 years to really warm up.

      Finney-Smith I think could play the wing, but let’s face it, this is VT. When have we ever had the luxury of playing a guy like him at the ‘3’. He’ll be at the four, i’d imagine.

      Barksdale I also imagine will play 4 and some 5.

      As for next year, who knows who will start. Davila will be the only starter back. I think Raines compliments him well (offense – VD, defense – CR) and could see them starting together. But JT will also be back, and he also compliments Davila well. But JT just doesn’t have the height, and can’t really play the ‘3’ in my opinion. I actually like JT off the bench, but getting starter-like minutes at the 4. I think Eddie has a real good shot to start at the 3. At the 2, I think Brown has a real shot at starting. Atkins can play the 2 or the 3 but I’m not sure he’ll ever supply enough defense to please Greenberg. At PG, I bet Green will start the year as the starter but Garland and/or Rankin will really push them. With the chemistry Rankin, Brown, and Barksdale will have developed, it will be interesting to see if they are matched-up in their minutes, though you want to avoid too many freshmen on the floor.

      Anyway, let’s get back to 2010-11!

  2. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Future Hokies are ballin’ already at Hargrave… in their first game against Summit Christian Academy, a 115-77 win for the Tigers, C.J. Barksdale poured in 16 points and a team-high 7 boards, while the fleet feet of Marquis Rankin snagged a team-high 6 steals.

    Then just yesterday in their second contest of the season, they pumelled Patrick Henry CC 89-55. C.J. finished that one up with 20 points and 7 boards, while Marquis scored 8 points and had a team-high 9 assists.

    The future is bright!!

  3. Danram says:

    Niemo, the ESPN scouting report on Finney-Smith is that he’s much better at playing the 3 facing the basket than he is with his back to be basket at the 4 spot. I’m pretty sure he was recruited to be a wing first & foremost. I think we’ll see Jarrell Eddie slide down to the 4 spot in a pinch before you’ll see Finney-Smith do so.

    • Niemo says:

      I really don’t think Eddie is a ‘4’ based on what I’ve seen of him. He’s a ‘3’ all the way, in my opinion. But he will have to play 4 this year so we see how he adjusts and does.

      And we’ve had a lot of ‘3’s that became 4’s because of lack o’ depth.

  4. HokieGuru says:

    He is a three for sure, Niemo, but he’s more physically mature than most of the freshman we’ve had come in… just my opinion, anyway.

  5. Mr.Obvious says:

    I’m not high on Green at all. Even despite all the off-season talk that he has improved, I’m not sold. I think he is our weakest player. I’m glad that Garland & Rankin are coming in because I just dont think Green has “it”.

  6. Goodraisin says:

    Niemo, those were basically my thoughts as well (which don’t mean anything at this point, just fun to speculate). I was thinking our opening day starters could easily be Green, Brown, Eddie, Finney-Smith, and Davila. That’s assuming that Allan Chaney doesn’t get cleared to play next season… if he does, then I think things become pretty interesting because there could possibly be an issue of either Eddie or Finney-Smith having to come off the bench for most of their college career, which I’m sure neither would like. But at any rate, this team doesn’t seem like it will take quite as huge of a hit next season as you might think after losing Delaney, Hudson, Allen, and Bell… and that’s pretty sweet.

  7. UptownsGreatest says:

    As for starters in the ’11-’12 season, Manny Atkins is known for his offense but is a very underrated defender. He has a very good chance to start at the 2(or at least garner 6th man minutes). Atkins averaged 0.6 steals a game in not even 9 minutes a game in the ’09-’10 season, and I feel he will definitely improve on that this season with the minutes which will be available to him. Even though the class of ’11 recruiting is highly anticipated, I highly doubt Greenberg will start even 50% of the recruits. Just because they are highly touted recruits does not mean they will automatically function in Virginia Tech’s system, especially players playing backcourt positions. I also don’t think Erick Green is fulfilling as everyone is expecting him to be, he is just about the equivalent of former Duke player Sean Dockery….extremely underwhelming….

  8. Goodraisin says:

    Not sure why anyone would assume that Green is a bust before even seeing him play this season? Word is that he put on some muscle in the weight room and Greenberg is touting him as the biggest surprise for this season. I’m not saying he’s going to come in and dominate, but I think it’s reasonable to assume he will fulfill the PG duties nicely and defend the position well. We don’t need him to be a shooter, we just need him to make open shots every once in a while, which I think he can do.


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